Parnassus Books welcomes Arne Weingart as he reads from and signs Levitation for Agnostics.
Born and raised in Nashville, Arne Weingart lives in Chicago, where he is the principal of a graphic design firm specializing in identity and wayfinding. Journal publications include Arts & Letters, Beecher’s Magazine, Coal Hill Review, Enizagam, New Millennium Writings, Nimrod, Oberon, Plume, RHINO, Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, The Georgetown Review, The Massachusetts Review, The Southeast Review and The Spoon River Poetry Review. His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and his book, Levitation for Agnostics, is the winner of the 2014 New American Press Poetry Prize.
Noted poet and critic T. R. Hummer writes, “As the title of this excellent book suggests, Weingart's poems are mordantly witty, intelligently skeptical, understated in the best sense, and incisively accurate. Levitation for Agnostics promises a paradoxical gift to those whose minds deny them faith and whose hearts deny them denial: the gift of poetry, the lift of lyric, the momentary weightlessness of a restless contemplative spirit. "I would sign up / to lose it all again / in an afterlife if only / the universe were not expanding / but contracting into something / more hilarious...," he contends in one of the book’s finest poems. And, at least for the moment we find ourselves rising, we believe.”